Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.
The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read a book over I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.
We seldom speak of the virtue which we have, but much oftener of that which we lack.
Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
Hope, like the gleaming taper's light,Adorns and cheers our way;And still, as darker grows the night,Emits a brighter ray.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is still a greater, which is the good man who comes to relieve it.
Little things are great to little men.
The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.
One man is born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and the other with a wooden ladle.
The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found, at last, to be of our own producing.
Ridicule has always been the enemy of enthusiasm, and the only worthy opponent to ridicule is success.
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
In all the silent manliness of grief.
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
Though very poor, may still be very blest.
It is not easy to recover an art when once lost.
I have found by experience that they who have spent all their lives in cities contract not only an effeminacy of habit, but of thinking.
The wisdom of the ignorant somewhat resembles the instinct of animals; it is diffused in but a very narrow sphere, but within the circle it acts with vigor, uniformity, and success.
And the weak soul, within itself unbless'd, Leans for all pleasure on another's breast.
In proportion as society refines, new books must ever become more necessary.
The person whose clothes are extremely fine I am too apt to consider as not being possessed of any superiority of fortune, but resembling those Indians who are found to wear all the gold they have in the world in a bob at the nose.
This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.
Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began. Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And even his failings lean'd to Virtue's side.
Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.
The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.
No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.
Whatever mitigates the woes, or increases the happiness of others, is a just criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, is a criterion of iniquity.
A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.